Levin College of Law

Jason P. Nance

Associate Professor of Law
Associate Director, Center on Children and Families

Mailing Address:
Box #117625 Gainesville, FL 32611

(352) 273-0992


Jason P. Nance is an Associate Professor of Law and the Associate Director for Education Law and Policy at the Center on Children and Families at the University of Florida Levin College of Law. He teaches Education Law, Remedies, Torts, and Introduction to the Legal Profession. He focuses his research and writing on racial inequalities in the public education system, school discipline, the school-to-prison pipeline, students’ rights, and other issues in education law. His scholarship has been or will soon be published in the Washington University Law Review, Wisconsin Law Review, Emory Law Journal, Arizona State Law Journal, Colorado Law Review, and Connecticut Law Review among several other journals. Professor Nance currently serves as the reporter for the American Bar Association’s Joint Task Force on Reversing the School-to-Prison Pipeline, where he is co-authoring a report and recommendations and proposing resolutions for the ABA to adopt to help dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline nationwide.

In addition to earning a J.D. at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, Professor Nance has a Ph.D. in Education Administration from the Ohio State University, where he also focused on empirical methodology. Prior to joining the University of Florida Levin College of Law in 2011, Professor Nance was a Visiting Assistant Professor of law at the Villanova University School of Law and a Visiting Assistant Professor of Applied Statistics at the Ohio State University’s College of Education. He also was a litigation associate at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP for several years and clerked for Judge Kent A. Jordan of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware. Before attending graduate school and law school, Professor Nance served a public school math teacher in a large, metropolitan school district.


J.D., University of Pennsylvania Law School
Ph.D., The Ohio State University
M.A., The Ohio State University
B.A., Brigham Young University

Teaching and Scholarship

Education Law, Empirical Legal Studies, Torts, Remedies, The Legal Profession

Professional Activities

  • University of Florida: Joined College of Law faculty as Assistant Professor in 2011
  • Previous Academic Experience: Visiting Assistant Professor of Law, Villanova University School of Law (Fall 2010); Visiting Assistant Professor of Applied Statistics, The Ohio State University (2002 – 2003)
  • Previous Professional Experience: Litigation Associate, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP (2007 – 2011); Law Clerk to Judge Kent A. Jordan, United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit (Dec. 2006 – Sept. 2007); Law Clerk to Judge Kent A. Jordan, United States District Court for the District of Delaware (Sept. 2006 – Dec. 2006); Public School Teacher, Aldine Independent School District, Houston, Texas (1996 – 1999)


Education Law - LAW 6930
  • This course provides students with an introduction to the law relating to public schools (K-12), including the interplay of the U.S. Constitution, federal statutes, state, and local law.
Torts - LAW 5700
  • Civil liability for harm caused by wrongful acts that violate non-contractual duties imposed by law. The course covers negligence and other theories of liability as prescribed by the instructor.
Remedies - LAW 6305
  • This course provides students with an introduction to the law of remedies. It emphasizes the important interrelationship between rights and remedies and the remedial consequences of framing a cause of action. Effective litigators need to understand the types of remedies that are available to their clients and how to seek them. It considers five primary topics: injunctions, damages, restitution, declaratory judgments, and contempt.
Introduction to Lawyering and the Legal Profession - LAW 5755
  • This course acquaints students with the defining attributes of the legal profession including a code of ethics and assumption of duties to clients, the justice system, and society. Focuses on the evolving nature of legal services, types of law practices, and demographics of the legal profession and the skills required for law practice.


Major Articles:

  • Students, Police, and the School-to-Prison Pipeline, 93 Wash. U. L. Rev.  __ (forthcoming). [SSRN]
  • Dismantling the School-to-Prison Pipeline: Tools for Change, 48 Ariz. St. L.J. __ (forthcoming). [SSRN]
  • An Empirical Analysis of Diversity in the Legal Profession, 47 Conn. L. Rev. 271 (2014) (with Paul E. Madsen). [SSRN]
  • School Surveillance and the Fourth Amendment, 2014 Wis. L. Rev. 79, quoted in Hawker v. Sandy City Corp., 774 F.3d 1243, 1245 (10th Cir. 2014) (Lucero, J., concurring). [SSRN]
  • Students, Security, and Race, 63 Emory L.J. 1 (2013). [SSRN]
  • Random, Suspicionless Searches of Students’ Belongings: A Legal, Empirical, and Normative Analysis, 84 U. Colo. L. Rev. 367 (2013). [SSRN]
  • The Law Review Article Selection Process: Results from a National Study, 71 Alb. L. Rev. 565 (2008) (with Dylan J. Steinberg). [SSRN]
  • Protecting Students From Abuse: Public School District Liability for Student Sexual Abuse Under State Child Abuse Reporting Laws, 36 J. L. & Educ. 33 (2007) (with Philip T.K. Daniel). [SSRN]
  • Contexts of Accountability Under Systemic Reform: Implications for Principal Influence on Instruction and Supervision, 43 Educ. Administration Q. 3 (2007) (with Helen M. Marks) (peer reviewed). [SSRN]
  • Public School Administrators and Technology Policy Making, 39 Educ. Administration Q. 434 (2003) (peer reviewed). [SSRN]
  • The Role of the Administrator in Instructional Technology Policy, 2002 BYU Educ. & L.J. 211 (with Philip T.K. Daniel). [SSRN]

Book Chapters/Collected Works:

  • Curriculum and Instruction Policy in the Context of Multiple Accountabilities, in Improving Schools: Studies in Leadership and Culture 193–221 (Wayne K. Hoy & Michael DiPaola eds., 2008) (with Helen M. Marks).

Shorter Works:

  • Over-Disciplining Students, Racial Bias, and the School-to-Prison Pipeline, 50 U. Rich. L. Rev. __ (forthcoming).
  • School Security Considerations After Newtown, 65 Stan. L. Rev. Online 103 (2013). [SSRN]
  • Fostering Safe Learning Environments, 71 Educational Leadership (2013).